Mumbai Indians enter Semis with a convincing victory over Royals

Sachin Tendulkar saw off a difficult period for Mumbai Indians before launching into the attack to boost their total.Match 45 : It was a clash between two teams led by the 2 legends Sachin and Warne and in the end it was Sachin who came out trumps as his magical innings ended the Royals unbeaten record at their home ground. It has been a dream IPL for Sachin and Mumbai Indians this year. If at all there was a team which could break the fortress that the Royals had built around the Sawai Man Singh Stadium it had to be Mumbai Indians and they did it in style by beating them by 39 runs.

Rajasthan Royals Innings

Chasing a huge score of 175, the royals got off to a sedate start as Zaheer dished out a maiden in the first over. Lumb looked impressive in the 2 boundaries that he hit off Kulkarni but the bowler had the last laugh as Lumb couldn’t keep one down and Duminy took a diving catch. Ojha was the next man to go as he edged one to the slip for a duck. A piece of brilliance from Rayudu and madness from Fazal ended Watsons stay at the wicket as he was needlessly runout by a brilliant direct hit. 3 down in 3 but the Royals managed to play the rest of the powerplay overs without losing any more wickets. However a mixup between Fazal and Jhunjhunwala saw the end of Fazal of the first ball after the powerplay. The runouts didn’t end there as Jhunjhunwala was short of his ground trying to take a 2nd run. It was all left to Pathan and Voges but there was no miracle from him this time as Pollard got pathan off a slower ball and once Voges was out in the 15th over it was all over for Rajasthan. Dole who was the culprit dropping Sachin earlier tried to made a good contribution of 30 from 18 but it was too little too late. PHOTOS

Mumbai Indians Innings

Shane Warne won the toss and decided to bowl first.  It was a dream start for the Royals as Shane Watson removed Sanath Jayasuriya in his first over, and followed up by dismissing Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary with the bouncer in his second. The Indians were struggling at 34/3 in 4. It was rebuilding time and who better than Sachin to have in your ranks to do it.He along with Duminy had a 57 run partnership in 49 balls to resurrect the innings. Duminy finally fell to a mistimed pull for 31 off Trivedi. The royals had a wonderful opportunity to restrict Indians had Dole taken the sitter to send back Sachin who was on 45. The lapse cost Rajasthan dearly, as Sachin went on to make 89 and more importantly had an important partnership of 68 in the last 5 overs with Pollard which eventually helped Mumbai Indians post a total which was beyond the reach of Rajasthan. PHOTOS


Player of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar

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